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Gela Babluani, according to the film's sparse press kit, is only 26 years old but already knows more about suspense than some filmmakers learn in a career.
[Babluani] creates a fear so bottomless, a bad dream so plausible that its hooks tear into your consciousness.
In a way, 13 (Tzameti) is a nearly gore-free take on Hostel, another film ... about desperate attempts to survive in a place that's simultaneously culturally and geographically alien.
Demands to be seen for the juice it manages to wring out of its central gambit but mostly for the directorial career it hints is on the horizon.
Los Angeles Times:
Although it's likely too stark for everyone, 13 Tzameti offers a mind-blowing experience for anyone willing to go along for the ride.
13 (Tzameti) might seem allegorical, but it's too cynically concerned with what works as entertainment to offer larger truths about human existence.
French art thriller 13 Tzameti has a literal hair-trigger premise, yet it's so lacking in human dimensions that it creates virtually no suspense.
Detroit Free Press:
It may be smarter than Saw II or Saw III, but it's just selling a classier brand of sadistic voyeurism.
By the end ... audiences will need mass manicures.
You can almost smell the nervous sweat running down these men's backs. You can almost feel the damp.
Walter V. Addiego,
San Francisco Chronicle:
The Georgian-born French director Gela Babluani makes an absorbing debut with this black-and-white thriller.
Globe and Mail:
A tightly screwed shocker, a suspense tour de force that proceeds through a harrowing chain of events with alarming confidence.
Easier to admire than it is to sit through, the French film 13 (Tzameti) is an exercise in stylish depravity that may one day be viewed as the debut of a great filmmaker.
As a brutal metaphor for the global economy, 13 Tzameti takes care of business; its assertion that desperate means require desperate measures naturally extends to the hair-trigger world of genre filmmaking.
The first film by a 26-year-old director (Gela Babluani) that feels like the worst of what a 26-year-old director could make.